Violent video games found to cause shocking amounts of social damage: none

Leigh Harris
Violent video games found to cause shocking amounts of social damage: none

A research paper from the University of Queensland has looked extensively into the idea that violent games affect prosocial behaviour.

The study was unable to find any link between video games being played and prosocial behaviours in people across three experiments, describing the suggestion that there was a link as 'conjecture' and calling for rigorous testing of such claims.

Across three experiments, the study had students play games ranging from Grand Theft Auto IV to Lemmings, and Portal 2 to World of Goo, and found no change to a social experiment after a while of play, wherein they would have someone drop a pen nearby to them and their helpfulness was measured by their willingness to assist unasked.

Check out the full report at the University of Queensland here.

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Tags: portal 2 , academia , violence in games , world of goo , grand theft auto iv , University of Queensland , Lemmings

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